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September 6, 2006 / jadettman

Paralysis in the Search for Perfection

Over on Story Games, someone posted a link to a Lifehacker article about writer’s block.  As someone that struggles with writing, I, of course, checked it out.

Most of the article said all of the same things that such articles say:

  • write every day
  • do little exercises to clear the mind
  • make writing a practice not an effort

You know, the rah rah stuff that you’re supposed to say in an article about writer’s block.

Then, unexpectedly, it said something that really clicked for me:

… when people can’t start they’re imagining the precision of the end, all polished and brilliant, a vision that makes the ugly clumsy junkyard that all beginnings are, impossible to accept. Good voice, tone, rhythm, ideas and grammar are essential to good writing, but they’re never introduced all at once.

That right there is truth. For sometime I’ve had similar thoughts but, for some reason, could not express them .  I suppose that sometimes it just takes someone else to say it.

***NOTE: It is very interesting to me that the above paragraph is almost exactly how I remember my first reading of the article. A second look shows that the epiphany inducing section was, in fact, the first paragraph.  Memory is a wacky thing. 

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  1. dani / Sep 8 2006 4:09 pm

    yeah… that about sums up every ninth grade freewrite… and 90% of writing since then… sigh…

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